Published: Mon, January 28, 2019
Business | By Pearl Harrison

Trump OK with second shutdown over border spat, White House says

Trump OK with second shutdown over border spat, White House says

His statements came just after Trump announced on Friday that he had agreed to end the 35-day-old partial government shutdown without getting $5.7 billion (4.32 billion pounds) he demanded from Congress for a border wall.

But on Friday, he reversed course in the face of mounting public pressure, declining poll numbers, escalating air travel delays and anger from the Federal Bureau of Investigation director he selected.

'This is a serious humanitarian and security crisis, and as President of the United States, he takes the security of the nation as his highest priority.

Based on their analysis, "the United States economy lost at least $6 billion. larger than the $5.7 billion that the White House requested for the border wall", it said in a statement.

"If we don't have that wall and we don't have a very powerful barrier, it's all just a waste of time", he wrote. In her telling, when she first told the president he couldn't give his SOTU while the government was closed, he said he was coming.

While some of his backers rallied around the president, stalwart Trump allies joined in the criticism.

After other questions from Roberts, Mulvaney that he "laughs" sometimes when Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) "says there's no money for the wall". That makes her a formidable opponent in what looms as a perilous two years for the White House before the 2020 election.

The deal reached on Friday funds the government for three weeks, until February 15, while lawmakers try to reach a wider deal on immigration. "He reopened the government".

"At the end of the day, the President is going to secure the border, one way or another", Mulvaney said, referring to the use of executive action.


Federal workers as varied as museum employees and US Coast Guard sailors were left without salaries. "They would not come to the table", Gidley said.

He hinted that he might declare a national emergency to bypass Congress for wall funding or let the government shut down again, should negotiations fail once more.

"The president thought he could crack Democrats and he didn't, and I hope it's a lesson for him", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. The deal includes back pay, which the administration promises to get out as soon as possible.

Trump was further hurt by endless stories about the tribulations of the 800,000 federal workers going without pay and countless others missing needed government services, plus comments by high-ranking administration officials that made those officials seem unfeeling about the suffering.

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri said, "Compromise is the essence of what we do".

'Dick Durbin publicly said we'll have some walls in the future.

Trump got off to a busy start Saturday on Twitter, and reminded the nation that there could be another shutdown soon, because "21 days goes very quickly". A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Friday found that public disapproval of Trump had increased to 58 percent as most Americans held him and congressional Republicans responsible for the shutdown.

Some on the right are in serious denial about Donald Trump's decision to cave in on his border wall and reopen the government, as Joy Reid and her panel pointed out by noting that lavishly pro-Trump Lou Dobbs had to be the "voice of reason" this week.

The man who had campaigned as a business savant and master dealmaker emerged from the unprecedented shutdown looking, above all, ineffective.

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